Thursday, December 12, 2013

Challenge Your Beliefs

All of us cherish our beliefs. 
They are, to a degree, self-defining. 
When someone comes along who challenges our belief system as insufficiently well-based 
– or who, like Socrates, merely asks embarrassing questions that we haven’t thought of, 
or demonstrates that we’ve swept key underlying assumptions under the rug 
– it becomes much more than a search for knowledge. 
It feels like a personal assault.
—Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World~

Challenge your beliefs!
Ask the embarrassing questions.
Search for knowledge.
It is not a personal assault.
It is a privilege and an obligation.